April saw us welcome approaching 60 students to our established healthcare engineering degrees – our highest number yet.
This large group comprised returning students well established in their studies, as well as new cohorts, including those continuing their studies onto our BSc programme, having already completed an Eastwood Park foundation degree. We’re glad to see them back for more!
Starting with inductions, new students were given an overview of Eastwood Park and the degrees, an introduction to Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)), as well as tips and guidance on adapting to degree study and the support Eastwood Park is able to offer.
Modules then began in earnest, led by a number of our training team and experts. First year hospital engineering students spent time on the core Engineering Science and Building Services modules, with specialist modules for year 2 students on HVAC, decontamination engineering and water safety. Meanwhile, those following our medical equipment technologies pathway focused their attention on biomedical instrumentation and anaesthetic and theatre equipment. And BSc students began their work-based project and Quality Assurance and Compliance module – both key to this unique management degree.
With stimulating discussion and interaction, students benefit from other students as well as a high level of personal one to one tutor support throughout.
Lisa Slevin, Eastwood Park’s Training Manager (Development, QA, WBL) headed up the weekend and said
“With the unprecedented challenges our healthcare system has faced in the last year, it is pleasing to see the sector continue to recognise the importance of these valuable degree programmes and to see our intakes continue to grow, 5 years on from our very first delivery with a handful of students!
And now, with the imminent introduction of new national apprenticeship frameworks for hospital engineers and medical equipment technicians, I only see these degrees growing in importance, with a cohesive pathway from an initial L3 qualification, to progression onto these Foundation degrees at levels 4 and 5 to the BSc (Hons) degree programme at level 6.
I look forward to guiding our current students through their studies and hope to see our numbers grow yet again in the future, as healthcare engineering, estates and FM becomes an even more attractive career prospect, with a clear career pathway now defined.”
Could you benefit from a degree?
For those considering undertaking one of our degrees themselves, we are now taking applications for an October 2021 start and our
- Foundation degree hospital engineering read more
- Foundation degree medical equipment technologies read more
Delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University, they have been designed with the healthcare sector in mind, specifically covering the context, technologies, specialist services, patient safety issues and regulations required in hospital.